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$3.3bn Total’s Egina FPSO To Commence Operation Soon



Nigeria’s first Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platform, Total’s Eniga FPSO is set to set to commence operation in the coming week.

Deputy managing director (Deep Water), Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Mr Ahmadu-Kida Musa disclosed this yesterday. He said the platform will start sailing to Egina field, which is located in OML130, approximately 150 kilometers offshore Port Harcourt in coming weeks.

The platform, when operational, will increase Nigeria’s crude oil production capacity with 200,000 barrels per day translating to about 10 per cent of the country’s current production capacity.

Delivering his keynote address at the ongoing Nigeria Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition (NOG) 2018, holding at ICC, Abuja under the theme, “Nigerian Content: The Next Frontier,” Musa said the Egina FPSO is designed to advance the local content initiatives in Nigeria.

“The Egina FPSO is the deepest offshore development carried out so far in Nigeria, in water depths of over 1,500 meters and the project is designed to produce 200,000 barrels per day of oil at plateau.

“In addition to the oil, the Egina field will produce gas. Associated gas will be partly re-injected into the reservoir to maintain reservoir pressure, and partly channelled to supply the domestic gas market.”

Elaborating on Total’s efforts towards enhancing local content, he said the Egina Project is the modest Nigerian local content efforts at Total which has become the next frontier for the industry in terms of in-country activities.

Expatiating he said, “The Detailed Engineering of the Egina FPSO Topsides was executed in-country by Samsung with a consortium of Nigerian engineering companies (NETCO, DeltaAfrik and IESL), employing about 250 Nigerian engineers. Similarly, the Detailed Engineering for all the other work packages was executed in Nigeria, in association with local engineering companies like DeltaTek and Crestech.”

Analysing how the project has led the development of Infrastructure, Mr. Musa said “A new fabrication and Integration yard has been built and it is Africa’s first FPSO integration quay. It was, constructed under the FPSO package contract by SHI-MCI, within Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base on LADOL Island.”

“Today, the Egina project is proudly the first to record the fabrication and integration of FPSO topsides in Nigeria. 6 of the 18 topside modules were fabricated and integrated at the SHI-MCI facility at LADOL. The Egina FPSO arrived from Korea in the last week of January for the integration of the locally fabricated modules and this integration was successfully completed in May, without incident,” he stated.

Also speaking, the executive secretary of Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote noted that the forum provide key industry actors and stakeholders an opportunity to rub minds and exchange ideas on how to further deepen and achieve greater Nigerian Content levels in the oil and gas industry.

Recalling his speech during the 2017 NOG event, Engr. Wabote said he outlined 10 strategies which he promised to work. He stressed that the event also serves as a platform to update participants on progress made from such promises.

“Today, I want to provide progress status of those strategies in line with my conviction that yearly seminars and conferences like this should also be used provide and receive feedback on actions taken or promises made to make the events worthwhile,” he said.

Engr. Wabote revealed that the board was able to address the ten items it targeted. On some of the goals met during the period, he said, “I talked about stakeholders’ collaboration to overcome key challenges on skills gap, weak sectoral linkages, policy inconsistency and others issues.

“On these areas, we have engaged PTDF and PTI to streamline our areas of intervention in Human Capacity building. We have engaged NNPC-NAPIMS on in-country capacity utilization. Other stakeholders engaged by the Board include NEPZA, NCAA, OPTS, IPPG, DPR, and others.’’

He listed other achievements of the board outside the ten points agenda thus; “There are other key activities such as the launch of the USD200million Nigerian Content Intervention Fund in partnership with Bank of Industry, The judges’ workshop to enhance the role of the judiciary in the implementation of the NOGICD Act, and the various stakeholders’ engagements on Ministerial Regulations, NCDF Remittances, and commencement of Forensic Audit.”